May 17, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Memorial Day
The church office, campus and preschool are all closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. The PVUMC Preschool ends its spring semester on Thursday, May 23. Teachers will have a work day on May 24 and Imagine That! Summer Camp begins June 3, 2019. Read about class offerings and fees for this summer camp that PVUMC hosts every June and July for preschoolers through elementary-age students.
Message from the Pastor
Dear Friend in Faith,

What gives you your identity? Sometimes we see ourselves as Americans, or by our profession, as a physician, a pastor, a financial planner, a teacher. Nowadays, people often identify themselves by their political interests or persuasion.

The Bible has a different take on how we see ourselves. Paul writes “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5: 17). This is an astounding statement. It touches every part of our being. It frames how we see ourselves and how we look at other people, our work, our relationships, our world. Paul is saying that our old ways of looking at ourselves and at others no longer apply. Our old ways of seeing people, judging them by the categories and stereotypes the world typically uses are all gone. The way we see ourselves has profoundly changed. I like how...

Pledge Your Support to PVUMC TODAY
The clock is ticking... If you have not yet pledged your support to the church for 2019-2020, please make your commitment this Sunday to give your time, talent and treasure to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. We're counting on YOU to be God's love in action. Our ministry teams are budgeting for next year NOW and need your support to grow and thrive. You're invited to pledge online or mail us your pledge card. Read why the Davidsons pledge their support to PVUMC. Read More
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. The Ignite Modern worship service is bulletin-free, but you can download bulletins for the two traditional services as well as the Looking Ahead bulletin insert OR read them on our website. The 9:30 am service will include welcoming new members and confirmands, and celebrating our graduating high school seniors.

Check our Calendar Online
See the website calendar at for all our children's, youth and adult activities, during the week and all year long. The Looking Ahead bulletin insert also includes a weekly calendar.

Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form, email or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Your request will be shared with our prayer warriors on email.
Celebrate Our Graduating High School Seniors Sunday at 9:30 am
Congratulations to all the graduating seniors who are a part of our church:
Dylann Cox, Kendra Curry, Julia Norris, Melanie Norris, Grace Rankin, Nicole Salars, Zoë Selthun, Katie Short, Remy Sigtermans, Jake Theman, Karli Topp and
Sadie Wintergalen 
Your church family extends its congratulations and wishes for a bright and faith-filled future. Family and friends have been invited to a brunch celebration for the seniors Sunday, May 19 at 11 am in the Fellowship Center.  

Worship Series about WORK
What sort of influence should our faith have on the places where we work? Join us in May for our worship series: Don't Waste Your Work. We're looking at the intersection of work, faith and life. Whether you're just starting out, mid-career or retired, this series is for you.

And if you missed the hilarious video our pastors created about this series, watch it now on our YouTube Channel! The Oscar goes to... Pastor Brenda!

You're Invited to a Forum May 19
Members and constituents are invited to join the clergy and Church Council leaders for a discussion of the UMC Judicial Council’s latest ruling on the Traditional Plan, and talk about how we as a church are moving forward. We are considering joining the Reconciling Ministries Network and invite your feedback and questions at 10:45 am in the sanctuary or at 12 noon in the chapel on Sunday, May 19 . Your voices matter. If you cannot attend, but would like a copy of the Powerpoint slide show, please email .

Summer Sundays at PVUMC
Summer is almost here! This Sunday is the last Sunday of our regular Sunday School classes. We've included an insert in the bulletin with all our children, youth and adult volunteer leaders, thanking them for their service. We couldn't do what we do without you! May 26 is a Family Sunday, when all children over 5 are encouraged to worship with their families in lieu of classes. The next week, June 2, we begin our summer schedule with TWO worship services at 9:30 and 11 am. The 8 am service will return September 1. Read more on our website.

June 2 is also Promotion Sunday and the start of our Sunday Summer Classes. We have some wonderful volunteers who have stepped up to lead, but could use more assistance. If you can help, email Rev. Brenda Smith. Safe Sanctuary and other training provided.
VBC and Sportball: Register NOW
You're invited volunteer at and register for "To Mars and Beyond," PVUMC's Vacation Bible Camp this summer. Read more and register at . We are excited to offer a half-day week-long VBC program as well as an afternoon sports camp. Registration for both camps are separate, but online, with links at .

If you can volunteer for VBC, July 15-19, 2019 , GREAT! You'll save on fees for your child's registration and be more involved in what your child is learning. Both adults and teens 7th grade and older are encouraged to register online TODAY to help.

Thank you for being God's love in action!

To register for summer camp at Mingus Mountain, visit .

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To make a donation to the church online, visit GIVE NOW.

Serendipities Gift Shop Donates Proceeds to Missions
It's that time of year: Graduations, birthdays, Father's Day... Serendipities, the church gift shop, has unique cards and gifts for everyone on your list. Stop by Sundays, 9-11 am, and discover hidden treasures. All proceeds support local missions. In fact, the gift shop donated more than $18K to missions this year. If you're a crafter, artist, photographer or author and would like to donate your wares to support the gift shop's missions, email the Gift Shop manager and donate items by September.

NOTE: Childcare is availa ble with a 48-hour reservation for all our campus events.
Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.